Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. Okaaay, now, what’s that? I’ll be honest, I didn’t know a lot about Divine Mercy Sunday so read up on it and this is what I found.
“Jesus told St. Faustina to have an image painted of Him as he had appeared to her, with one hand raised as if to give a blessing and the other next to His Sacred Heart, with red and white rays emanating from His heart. The red ray symbolizes His precious blood he gave to save us, and the white symbolizes the waters of Baptism. At the bottom of the paining are the words "Jesus, I Trust in You". This image is to be venerated, and the Feast of Divine Mercy is to be celebrated on the Sunday following Easter.
It took many years for this devotion to finally be realized, but thanks to Pope John Paul II, it was finally done in the year 2000.” Divine Mercy is a gift we receive on Easter when Christ our Lord and Savior was risen from the dead and affected us to Humanity. Because of his death, Jesus has granted us the gift of divine mercy. Whoever recites the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be given mercy at the hour of his death; for that reason, the chaplet is prayed at 3pm, the time of his death. It has made it possible for a sinner to reach paradise and we are able to appease the just anger of the Holy Trinity.
I also decided to ask a couple of my fellow youth ministry members what they thought about this topic, and a lot of them didn’t even know what Divine Mercy was at first. Some seemed so lost and questioned why we even celebrate it. My friend Alicie was one of the people who felt lost during this topic. She said that once it was mentioned she decided to research it.
She said, and I quote, “It was truly breath taking, amazing and an interesting story to celebrate. We all want to be like St. Faustina, in that we want to have such a close relationship with God, like she did.” In fact, she would have many apparitions of and conversations with Jesus, specifically of the now iconic image of Him gesturing with His hands to His heart. Alicie goes on to say, “Now when we see all the image in the church it will have new meaning because of how significant it is.”
I think, the point of all this is, if we want to let Jesus come into our hearts and have a relationship with him; we need to remember that no matter how bad it is Jesus will always forgive us and show us mercy. I’ve attached the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the image of the Divine Mercy. I hope they bring you Peace.
Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!
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